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  • A silent speech

    A silent speech

  • Bangladesh’s slip in graft index worries TI

    Bangladesh’s slip in graft index worries TI

    Government needs to follow its pledge to fight corruption, says the Berlin-based groupThis year Bangladesh has failed to continue its positive trend in curbing corruption, compared to the gradual achievement seen since 2006, as it slips both in score and rank among 175 countries covered by the Transparency International (TI) for its Corruption Perception Index 2014.

    Ranked as the most corrupt country during 2001-2005, Bangladesh this year stands 14th. It ranked 16th last year. The country scored 25 on a scale of 0-100, slipping from 27 last year.

  • ACC rejects TI’s corruption index

    ACC rejects TI’s corruption index

    The commission believes that corruption is now on the waneThe Anti-Corruption Commission has rejected the Transparency International (TI) report that says Bangladesh comes 14th among the most corrupt countries around the world.

    Bangladesh was ranked 16th last year in the global graft index.

    Rejecting the corruption report, ACC Commissioner M Sahabuddin Chuppu yesterday told reporters: “The statistics shown in the report is different from the real picture.”

    He, however, said: “We are yet to receive the full report.”

  • Metro rail cost to rise for depot

    Metro rail cost to rise for depot

    The government planned to float tender for the lone depot firstThe first tender of the much-expected Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project (metro rail) will be floated in January to purchase locomotives and coaches.

    The government planned to float tender for the lone depot first, but it has been delayed because of failure in completing soil tests in the proposed area.

  • Dhaka and Kuala Lumpur ink four agreements

    The deals include an agreement on partial abolition of visa requirementsBangladesh yesterday signed four deals with Malaysia in the fields of manpower export, tourism, and art, culture and heritage.

    The deals include an agreement on partial abolition of visa requirements, an MoU on cooperation in tourism, a protocol amending the 2012 MoU between the two countries on employment of workers and another MoU on cooperation in the field of art, culture and heritage.

    The signings took place on the second day of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s three-day visit to Malaysia to strengthen ties between the two countries, reports UNB.

  • Mamata finally smiles on land agreement

    It was said enclave swap would put Mamata’s key vote bank of minorities under threatThe Trinamool Congress government of West Bengal has decided to withdraw its objection to the long-pending land-swap deal between India and Bangladesh.

    Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee might announce the new stand of her government at a rally in Cooch
    Behar today.

    Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra informed the Indian Union Home Ministry last week that the state government wants to settle the enclave issue which is being dragged for over six decades now, UNB yesterday cited a report carried by the Kolkata-based daily Anandabazaar Patrika on Wednesday.

  • Meeting on December 10 to set up LNG import firm

    Power Cell planned to set up a land-based LNG terminal to feed a proposed 1,000MW combined cycle plantA meeting is scheduled to be held on December 10 to finalise the board of directors in order to form a new company to import liquefied natural gas (LNG).

    The firm is named LNG Power Company Bangladesh Limited.

    “The demand for natural gas is rising gradually, causing the government to establish a company for importing gas to avoid any sudden gas crisis,” Mohammad Hossain, director general of Power Cell, a state-owned entity under the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

  • Nasrul: Lack in electricity management caused blackout

    Nasrul made the remarks while discussing a report submitted by an inquiry committee with journalists at the SecretariatState Minister for Power And Energy Nasrul Hamid yesterday said lack of adjustment between production and supply of power had caused the blackout across the country on November 1.

    Nasrul made the remarks while discussing a report submitted by an inquiry committee with journalists at the Secretariat. The formal statement came after almost a month of the blackout incident.

  • Surgery table blunder costs patient his kidney

    The physician Sabbir Khan called it just an accidentA doctor has allegedly removed the right kidney, instead of the stones in it, from a patient at the Uttara Adhunik College Hospital in the capital.

    The physician Sabbir Khan called it just an accident.

    A case was filed with the Western Uttara police station by patient Babul Sarkar’s brother-in-law Momen Sarkar, accusing the hospital chairman, director and the doctor who operated on him.

  • LRB slams BCB

    Badal claimed a group within the cricket board is working to tarnish his image and as a result targeted the downfall of his clubDhaka Premier League defending champions Legends of Rupganj owner Lutfar Rahman Badal slammed the Bangladesh Cricket Board for manipulation and conspiracy against his side and after their third league loss on the trot Badal threatened to withdraw his club.

    “I have talked with my committee and I may withdraw my team from the league,” said Badal, after losing to Prime Bank CC, to the media personals present at the BKSP 3 ground yesterday. He claimed a group within the cricket board is working to tarnish his image and as a result targeted the downfall of his club.

  • Legends of Rupganj lose third in a row

    Legends of Rupganj lose third in a row

    Naeem guides MSC to narrow win, Prime Doleshwar thump Old DOHSFollowing the conclusion of the bilateral series against Zimbabwe last Monday, the eighth round of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League got underway yesterday at different venues with the participation of the Bangladesh cricketers.

  • SSF gets high capacity IP telephony licence

    At present, there are 29 national IP Telephony Service Providers (IPTSP) licensees and 10 zonal licenses, although very few of them are in operationThe Special Security Force that provides protection to VVIPs has got the licence to operate a high capacity IP telephony service, sources from the country’s telecom regulator have said.

    IP telephony describes the technologies that use the Internet to exchange voice, fax and other forms of information that are traditionally being carried by PSTN or land line-based networks.

  • Glorious Kings return home

    Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club head coach Maruful Haque hailed his charges for becoming the champions in the King’s Cup and said with the commitment the team showed in Bhutan, they can achieve anything they want. The triumphant squad returned to the Dhaka yesterday.

    “If the players maintain their concentration and keep their commitment, you can do anything with this Sheikh Jamal team,” said Maruf upon arriving.

  • Bangladesh U12s set to face Sevilla

    Bangladesh U12s set to face Sevilla

    Bangladesh have been grouped with Andalusian side Sevilla, Chonburi of Thailand and Cougars of MalaysiaBangladesh Under-12 football team will take on Spanish top flight club Sevilla in the opening match of Group D in the Super Mokh U-12 Cup in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow. This tournament is the first of its kind in the history of football that will see a Bangladesh team taking part. Brimming with confidence, Bangladesh U-12 side left here for Malaysia yesterday.   

  • ‘Bangladesh can export 1 lakh tonnes of rice this year’

    ‘We have produced 12.5 lakh tonnes of rice, with which we can easily meet our yearly demand and have some surplus. We can export 1 lakh tonnes of rice any time’Bangladesh can export as many as 1 lakh tonnes of rice this year as the country has met its yearly demand, said Food Minister Md Qamrul Islam.

    The minister made the claim after Bangladesh signed a deal with Sri Lanka at the Food Ministry to export 25,000 tonnes of rice at $450 per tonne.

    A private company from Sri Lanka is buying the rice from Bangladesh, sources at the ministry said. Lalin Fernandez signed the deal on behalf of the Sri Lankan company, and Director General of Food Md Sarowar Khan signed the deal on behalf of Bangladesh.

  • Parash-Shapla progress in BD Open Badminton

    Bangladesh shuttlers Ahsun Habib Parash and Shapla Aktar moved to the second round in the mixed doubles event of the Yonex-Sunrise Bangladesh Open International Badminton Challenge yesterday with a comfortable victory over Nepalese pair Pankaj Chand and Amita Giri.

    After winning the opening set 21-11, the Bangladesh pair strolled to victory with a 21-13 win in the second set.

  • 70% rural households lost land in 10 years

    A total of 400 households came under the study in three upazilas – Amtali in Barguna, Jamalpur Sadar and Mohanpur in RajshahiA recent study on rural land has estimated that 69.5% rural households lost their land in the past 10 years for various reasons among which grabbing and acquisition were two major contributors.

    The study titled “Rural Land Market in Bangladesh: A Situation Analysis” conducted by a team led by Prof Abul Barkat, chief adviser of Human Development Research Centre (HDRC), points out that the average amount of lost land per household was 64.3 decimal.

  • Shakib fined for dissent

    Just after a day when Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hasan expressed satisfaction over Shakib al Hasan’s positive behaviour, the leading cricketer of the country ended up in the middle of yet another controversy in his return to domestic cricket yesterday.

    Legend of Rupganj’s Shakib was found guilty for misbehaving with the on-field umpire during their Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League game against Prime Bank Cricket Club at BKSP 3 and was later fined Tk10,000 for his misdemeanour by match referee Obaydul Huque.

  • Speakers: Joint Rivers Commission fails to deliver

    The JRC formed in 1972 has failed to deliver excepting the Ganges Water Sharing Treaty though its focus was on the management of the ecosystem of the entire Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna basinJoint Rivers Commission (JRC), formed to maintain liaison between countries that share the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna basin, to ensure common river management, is lagging far behind from its mandate, say speakers.

    “The JRC formed in 1972 has failed to deliver excepting the Ganges Water Sharing Treaty though its focus was on the management of the ecosystem of the entire Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna basin,”  said CM Shafi Sami, former foreign secretary of Bangladesh.

  • Court orders fresh charge sheet

    Five people including Kibria, were killed and 70 others injured in a grenade attack at a rally at Baidder Bazar in the Habiganj Sadar upazila on January 27, 2005A Habiganj court yesterday asked authorities concerned, for the third time, to submit a fresh supplementary charge sheet by December 21, scrapping the current one submitted by the CID, in the former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria killing case.

    Senior Judicial Magistrate Court Judge Rokeya Akter passed the order after the hearing a petition filed by Senior ASP Meherun Nesa of the CID, who is investigating the case.

    In the petition, the investigation officer requested the court to accept the charge sheet after correcting the name of two accused.

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